Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Parish in Transition

In the absence of a parish priest, please contact:

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding and Pastoral Visitors Team:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Parish Giving Scheme and Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Steve Liddicoat

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Matt Frost

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/

 

The parish email address for all emails is:

admin@stgermansparishes.com

They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255

 

Deanery Plan for SE Cornwall

A deanery meeting to discuss the plan

Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm

Saltash

Proposal​ 

The transition of St German’s parish provides an opportunity to reconfigure staffing around St Germans Group Parish, the emergent Rame Peninsula Benefice and the Torpoint cluster. St Germans G.P. comprises a population of less than 3,000; Rame Peninsula Benefice less than 4,000 and neither can justify its own priest under the current constraints. The Deanery clergy in chapter suggest the following configuration is a workable option:

  1. St Germans Group Parish, Sheviock and Anthony parishes combined under a stipendiary priest. This creates a large area, but this is offset by a smaller population of 3,500.
  2. Torpoint is added to the Rame Peninsula Benefice, and overseen by a stipendiary priest (possibly based at Torpoint (pop. 7900)) and a House for Duty (possibly based in the Rame Peninsular Benefice (pop.3,700). (Total cluster pop. 11,600).

The St G’s Group Parish  have discussed and approved this plan.  We now wait to see if the other parishes involved agree.

 

~    May Events in the Parish   ~  

 

St Annes Church, Hessenford

FLOWER FESTIVAL

5th-7th May

St Anne is having a flower festival, including other displays, representing people, organizations and businesses in the local community from Saturday, 5th to Monday, 7th May.
This is in aid of church upkeep and repairs.
The church will be open from 10am to 5pm each of these days but will be locked over night [it’s usually open all of the time] to protect the contents.
Entry by donation. 
Refreshments will be available [periodically] in the village hall or in The Copley Arms all day.

St Germans Priory Concert and Candlelit Supper

 Sat May 12th .
Tickets are now available in St Germans shop,( £7.50, £5 children under 14).

Any queries and further information phone 01503 230449 or 230281.

 

Thy Kingdom come

 Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians

around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.

10th – 20th May 2018

from Ascension Day to Pentecost

in St Germans Group Parish there will be daily services of Morning and Evening Prayer

(see list of services on right)

and 

from Monday 14th 9.30am  –  Tuesday 15th May 9.30am

24 hour prayer – hour slots when we sign up to pray for an hour wherever we are 

Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (in April 2018). there are the following shortages:

  •  TINNED FRUIT,
  •  TINNED FISH,
  • TINNED MEAT EG CORNED BEEF- HAM,
  • LONG-LIFE FRUIT JUICE,
  • UHT MILK,
  • PET FOOD FOR DOGS AND CATS,
  • COFFEE

 

PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of theses items.

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

In 2016 St Germans Group donated 495.7kg. This is more than twice what was donated in 2015, and last year we contributed significantly more.  The Foodbank thanks all living in the parish who have donated so generously – and are continuing to do so………..

March News

Lent Study Group:

together with our friends from the Methodist Church we are studying weekly the Diocese of Truro Lent course for 2018 – Responding to God’s Grace.

Meeting at the Zone in Downderry – 10.30am for coffee,  11am start on Mondays   Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March.

 

SWIM (Second Wednesday of the Month) Pub Theology

14th March at 7.30pm in the Eliot Arms, St Germans

for an interesting and stimulating discussion on strange stories from the bible.

 

Prayer in the parish

continues three times a week:

Mondays 9.30am in St Germans Priory church, and 6pm at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

Thursdays at 9.30am in St Annes, Hessenford

 

Wednesday Lunches

in St Nicolas Church Downderry at 12 noon.  All welcome to join the community for a tasty free meal and good company.

All donations to parish funds……

 

Messy Church at St Germans Priory Church

New time of 10am – Saturday 17th March the theme Lent and Easter –   join us for crafts, stories and refreshments.

Then come along to:

 

Parish Soup and Pud Lunch

– outreach to the community and a fundraiser for the  parish – Saturday 17th March at St Nicolas church, Downderry.  Stalls for various local groups and charities – come and enjoy a village day…..  Offers of help on the day,  and soup and puds gratefully received.

 

Pilgrimage Book Launch at St Germans Priory

On Friday 23rd March at 7pm, Nigel Means will launch his new book, ‘A Cornish Celtic Way’, at the starting point of the walk – St Germans Priory Church –  by giving a short talk and signing copies of the book.  This follows the grand launch in February in the Diocese at the Cathedral with a service and endorsement by Bishop Chris, bishop of St Germans.  Refreshments will be service to accompany the book signing.

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Evelyn Reed
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Malcolm Cross
  • Chris Bowditch,
  • Chris Cook
  • Bob Foulkes.

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (in April 2018). there are the following shortages:

  •  TINNED FRUIT,
  •  TINNED FISH,
  • TINNED MEAT EG CORNED BEEF- HAM,
  • LONG-LIFE FRUIT JUICE,
  • UHT MILK,
  • PET FOOD FOR DOGS AND CATS,
  • COFFEE

 

PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of theses items.

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

In 2016 St Germans Group donated 495.7kg. This is more than twice what was donated in 2015, and last year we contributed significantly more.  The Foodbank thanks all living in the parish who have donated so generously – and are continuing to do so………..

March News

Lent Study Group:

together with our friends from the Methodist Church we are studying weekly the Diocese of Truro Lent course for 2018 – Responding to God’s Grace.

Meeting at the Zone in Downderry – 10.30am for coffee,  11am start on Mondays   Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March.

 

SWIM (Second Wednesday of the Month) Pub Theology

14th March at 7.30pm in the Eliot Arms, St Germans

for an interesting and stimulating discussion on strange stories from the bible.

 

Prayer in the parish

continues three times a week:

Mondays 9.30am in St Germans Priory church, and 6pm at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

Thursdays at 9.30am in St Annes, Hessenford

 

Wednesday Lunches

in St Nicolas Church Downderry at 12 noon.  All welcome to join the community for a tasty free meal and good company.

All donations to parish funds……

 

Messy Church at St Germans Priory Church

New time of 10am – Saturday 17th March the theme Lent and Easter –   join us for crafts, stories and refreshments.

Then come along to:

 

Parish Soup and Pud Lunch

– outreach to the community and a fundraiser for the  parish – Saturday 17th March at St Nicolas church, Downderry.  Stalls for various local groups and charities – come and enjoy a village day…..  Offers of help on the day,  and soup and puds gratefully received.

 

Pilgrimage Book Launch at St Germans Priory

On Friday 23rd March at 7pm, Nigel Means will launch his new book, ‘A Cornish Celtic Way’, at the starting point of the walk – St Germans Priory Church –  by giving a short talk and signing copies of the book.  This follows the grand launch in February in the Diocese at the Cathedral with a service and endorsement by Bishop Chris, bishop of St Germans.  Refreshments will be service to accompany the book signing.

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Evelyn Reed
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Malcolm Cross
  • Chris Bowditch,
  • Chris Cook
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services

APRIL SERVICES

19th April Thursday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

21st April Saturday

10am Messy Church. St Germans Priory Church

22nd April 4th Sunday of Easter

9.30am Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer St Germans Priory Church

23rd April Monday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

26th April Thursday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

29th April 5th Sunday of Easter

11am Twinning Eucharist Service St Germans Priory Church,  bi-lingual French/English service presided by Chris, Bishop of St Germans

30th April Monday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

 

MAY SERVICES

3rd May Thursday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

6th May 6th Sunday of Easter

9.30am APM and APCM  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Parish Eucharist St Nicolas church, Downderry

5pm Evening Healing Service St Luke’s Church, Tideford

7th May Monday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

10th May  Thursday  Ascension Day

9.30am Morning Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

11th May Friday

9.30am Morning Prayer St Germans Priory Church

6pm Evening Prayer  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

12th May Saturday

9.30am Morning Prayer St Annes Church, Hessenford

6pm Evening Prayer St Luke’s Church, Tideford

13th May 7th Sunday of Easter

9.30am  Morning Prayer St Annes Church, Hessenford

11am Parish Praise St Germans Priory Church

14th May Monday

9.30am Morning Prayer  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Evening Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

15th May Tuesday

9.30am Morning Prayer  St Annes Church, Hessenford

6pm Evening Prayer. St Luke’s Church, Tideford

16th May Wednesday

9.30am Morning Prayer St Germans Priory Church

6pm Evening Prayer  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

17th May  Thursday  

9.30am Morning Prayer  St Annes Church, Hessenford

6pm Evening Prayer. St Luke’s Church, Tideford

18th May Friday

9.30am Morning Prayer St Germans Priory Church

6pm Evening Prayer  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

19th May Saturday

9.30am Morning Prayer St Annes Church, Hessenford

10am Messy Church, St Germans Priory Church

6pm evening Prayer St Luke’s Church, Tideford

20th May Pentecost

9.30am Eucharist St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Eucharist St Germans Priory Church

21st May Monday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

24th May  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

27th May Trinity Sunday

9.30am Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer St Germans Priory Church

28th May Monday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

31st May  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

 

JUNE SERVICES

3rd June 1st Sunday after Trinity

9.30am PCC meeting St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Parish Eucharist St Nicolas Church, Downderry

5pm Evening Service St Luke’s Church, Tideford

4th June Monday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

7th June Thursday

9.30am Prayer Service St Anne’s Church, Hessenford

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 2nd April 2017

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar
Secretary – Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Matt Frost

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Fran Moore,
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Evelyn Reed
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Rosemary Stevenson, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters